20 village natural resources committees, 3 schools and 10 churches were trained in environmental conservation and forestry management

Under the project which was launched in 2018, 20 village natural resources committees, 3 schools and 10 churches were trained in environmental conservation and forestry management and over 100 households have been trained in construction and use of energy saving stoves. Over the 7 years of tree planting initiative about 121, 000 trees have been planted which approximately covers an area of about 24.2 square kilometers which is about 4.95% of Chisansu and Naching’anda area. The graph below depicts the progress of tree planting over the course of 7 years in the area.

The type of trees planted include; Mingwina, Mifyomi, Misongomino and Pine trees. These trees will be able to help conserve the environment, provide firewood and when matured can be harvested for timber and other economic purposes. Since 2012 some of the planted trees have grown up to heights of about 4 meters tall.

CONCLUSION

As of 2019 the face of Chisansu and Naching’anda are slowly and steadily being transformed as far as afforestation and environmental conservation and protection is concerned. More and more bare ground is being planted with various types of trees ranging from local to exotic ones and including planting of fruit trees which will support communities nutritionally. More people have come to their senses to share the passion of Mariah and also some have come to the realization of the effects that environmental degradation due to deforestation has brought to their area. The other driving force for more communities, churches and individuals to become focused on tree planting is the financial benefits that timber products are bringing to the people of the area which is also a negative thing that has impacted the area. Communities have already started appreciating the benefits of afforestation they can differentiate soil erosion on bare ground and the one covered with trees, moisture conservation, soil fertility improvement, improved water table, consistent river flows and of course cool breeze generated by trees. On the other hand the trees have already started contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere thereby reducing the effects of climate change which is the current global pandemic. The pictures below depicts Mariah and one of the volunteers at one of the areas planted with trees in 2013.